According to Nursing Practice Act Health Insurance Portability and

According to nursing practice act health insurance

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obligation at hand. According to Nursing Practice Act, Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), it is illegal for a nurse handling medical information to provide information to anyone else, this including even the other legal professionals ( McGowan, 2012. P 61). Ethics helps in distinguishing matters of right and wrong, good or bad as the correlate to the
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well being of sentient beings (Butts & Rich, 2013). At the through ethics one need to support own beliefs and assertions with sound reasoning (Butts & Rich, 2013). This is an ethical dilemma that can be viewed through ANA Code of Ethics and moral personal judgment (Butts & Rich, 2013). If the information is revealed her sister, then the boyfriend’s duty of care owed by the nurse will be compromised. If she on the other hand keep quiet and there is a higher risk of her sister contacting HIV. Through ethical considerations, patient’s consent would be obtained in order to share the information to third parties. In this case, Lena should call the boyfriend and explain the need to share this information to his girlfriend, and with the consent of the boyfriend, the three meet and talk about this issue (Obermeyer, Baijal &Pegurri, 2011). This is well covered by the beneficence of doing no harm. According to HIPAA, there is need to protect a patient’s privacy ( McGowan, 2012). However, there are some cases where the need for dispensing information outweighs the principle of confidentiality (Laureate Education, 2012. p 63). This being the case, Lena has a
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